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Stay Healthy With These Foods

By Rachel Carver

If you start researching diets, you might find a list of foods you should remove from your life. You might enjoy some of these foods, which will make you more likely to quit a diet that focuses on elimination.

Another approach to nutrition is to find foods you can add to your diet. Thinking about how to incorporate a variety of foods into your meals and snacks can help you reach your health goals. Focus on lean proteins, healthy fats, and vegetables.

Here are some foods that will give you a healthier diet.

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens such as spinach, kale, chard, and dandelion are great low-carb veggie options. They also contain high amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and iron.

Mix these leafy greens into a breakfast skillet or smoothie. They will also add flavor to many salads.

Avocado

Whether you want to stick to low or moderate fat options, avocados are great for anyone trying to eat healthier. They come packed with monounsaturated fats that can positively impact cardiovascular health. Just half of an avocado also gives you seven grams of fiber.

Some people enjoy avocados on their own. You can also add them to a chicken salad or toast.

Salmon

The American Heart Association states that salmon is one of the best ways to consume omega-3's. These fatty acids slow the accumulation of plaque that clogs arteries. They also give you better lipid profiles and blood pressure numbers.

Try grilling some seasoned salmon for dinner. You can also add it to salads or dips.

Walnuts

A European Journal of Nutrition study found that people that consume nuts on a regular basis over five years are less likely to gain weight. Walnuts contain high amounts of fiber and magnesium. Magnesium plays a roll in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Walnuts can be great in salads or with fruit.

Berries

Berries can give you some natural sweetness without added sugar. Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries are great low-carb options full of disease-fighting polyphenols. Berries give you tasty smoothies. You can also mix them into oatmeal or yogurt.

Broccoli

You can use broccoli for many things. Eat it on its own as a side. Mix it with some olive oil, lean protein, and veggies. Broccoli is high in nutrients and low in calories. It contains sulforaphane, a sulfur compound that can help protect you from some cancers.

Eating foods such as these will help you feel better and improve your overall health. Choose whole foods whenever possible.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wichita , Kans.

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